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UO's Frost begs off talk about Husker job

EUGENE — Scott Frost still has some important days to win at Oregon.

The Ducks’ offensive coordinator, who was named Monday as one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant, did his best to stiff-arm questions about the possibility of becoming Nebraska’s next head coach.

“I’ve got a job to do here,” Frost said. “These kids and this staff put too much time and effort into this to be distracted from this. We’ve got a job to do and we’re getting ready for it Friday.”

Oregon, ranked No. 3, is preparing to play No. 8 Arizona in the Pac-12 championship Friday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (6 p.m., Fox).

Since the 31-24 loss to the Wildcats on Oct. 2, the Ducks have averaged 47.6 points while winning seven consecutive games.

Oregon ranks fourth nationally in scoring offense (45.9 ppg) and total offense (539.5 ypg).

“I definitely see coach Frost being a head coach somewhere,” senior wide receiver Keanon Lowe said. “When? I don’t know, whenever he’s ready obviously. He’ll be a great head coach. He’s a great offensive mind and obviously knows the defensive side of the ball well because he played in the NFL at safety.”

After Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst announced the firing of Bo Pelini on Sunday, Frost’s name immediately surfaced as a possible candidate to become the next head Husker.

After playing for Bill Walsh at Stanford, Frost transferred to Nebraska where he led the program to 24-2 record and a national championship as a starter for Tom Osborne.

“I would let you know if I wasn’t completely focused on Arizona,” Frost said when asked if Nebraska would be a dream job for him.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said Sunday that Nebraska had not reached out to him for permission to speak to Frost and he hoped other schools would respect the job his coaching staff still has to do.

“As long as he’s here he’s going to be focused on us. You can’t really focus on Nebraska football if you’re here,” redshirt freshman wide receiver Devon Allen said. “Coach Frost is a great coach. He’s one of the guys that recruited me, so I really love the guy.

“Hopefully he stays, but I don’t really know what’s going on. We’ll finish the season out and hopefully win the national championship.”

The other finalists for the Broyles Award are Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel.